Resolve to be Healthy and Safe in 2011

Wednesday, 05 January 2011

The New Year offers a fresh start – a chance to reflect on the challenges and successes of the past year and to set goals for the new one. While keeping New Year’s health and wellness resolutions until next January 1 may seem like a challenge, you don’t have to do it alone. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has the tools you need to help you stay strong and healthy throughout the year.
With about half of all line-of-duty firefighter fatalities attributed to heart attack and stroke, keeping health-related resolutions is especially important. Writing your goals down and posting them in a prominent place makes it much easier to remember your resolve to treat your body well every day. Remember to not give up if you have a misstep – you can succeed in adopting a healthier lifestyle.
There are many things you can do to keep your focus on staying fit and eating well in 2011. For instance, consider creating a fitness and diet schedule (remember to speak with your doctor about any questions or concerns), finding an exercise buddy, and signing up for any health and wellness activities your department has planned. Get your entire department to adopt the NVFC’s Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program by enrolling for free at Once you’ve registered, you can find tools, resources, and information to help your whole department maintain a healthy lifestyle. In addition, sign up for the Fired Up For Fitness Challenge to receive rewards as you attain your fitness goals.
Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to quit smoking? Visit to take advantage of the NVFC’s Put It Out smoking cessation campaign. The site includes resources for individual first responders, departments, state associations, and family members, so you can find the resources you need for yourself as well as to help your department become smoke-free. Pass the site to your family members to get their support as you face the challenge of quitting smoking.
Make a promise to yourself in 2011 to reach your health and fitness goals and develop new habits that will keep your heart healthy for years to come. Find more information and resources on the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program web site.


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